English, Jesus and Mo explained

Ticket to Zürich

by jesusandmo.net licensed under CreativeCommoms 3.0

Euthanasia is bad, but Jesus dying on the cross is good. This is the starting point for this comic. Mo draws a line from assisted suicide to Jesus knowingly going into death through people „helping“ him to do so for his own purposes. So he can claim that Christianity would be based on assisted suicide.

The mistake Mo is making here is that Jesus is God and not just any human being. And many Christians do believe that God is the only one who has the right to take life, as He is the one who gives life in the first place. So if He commits suicide Himself, this’d be no problem, as He is Lord. This isn’t just a pious saying.

There’s another mistake, but it is not made by Mo but by Jesus himself: The Jesus of the bible led a just life and was finally brought to death by the powers of His time. His death was not someting He was seeking. He did not buy a one way ticket to Jerusalem. His death was a consequence of the way he lived, a consequence of challenging the authorities.

A Jesus of our time would not just buy a ticket to Zürich, where assisted suicide is legal. He’d be sent to Zürich by those who want to see Him dead. He wouldn’t want to die, like the Jesus of the bible didn’t want to die, which you can read in the synoptic gospels:

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Mt 26:39)

And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. (Mk 14:36)

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. (Lk 22:42)

A Jesus of our days wouldn’t commit suicide as the original Jesus didn’t. He was murdered, altthough seeing it coming. Today, maybe the authorities would maybe try to send Jesus to Zürich, but then again murder is illegal even in Zürich, and Jesus would have to consent, which He woudn’t do, as we have seen. On the other hand, today’s authorities would not take the effort of buying a ticket to any place, they’d try to get rid of him then and there, as the authorities did back then. Of course they wouldn’t succeed in getting rid of Him, like they didn’t back then. 😉

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